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An old man's last stand by kalizoomba An old man's last stand by kalizoomba
This photo isn't the best of quality - in fact, I took it off my aunt's facebook page (with her permission). Art wise, it's horrible - emotion wise, this photo speaks more than 1000 words. It's my most prized possession and I only uploaded it to dA so I'd never ever lose it.

I didn't take this. We left a camera at his house one night. When we got back, this is what we found. This is just a few days before he died.

The story based off this picture and true events can be found here: [link]

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Wow. I didn't even notice the over 700 comments when I first logged it. I noticed my 2 email messages. I was excited that I finally got something. one of them mentioned a DD - and I looked up and I had over 700 comments. I'm going to try to reply to everyone of them, but I'm not sure I'll be able to.

Thank you for everyone - if you want to share this on non-dA sites, feel free to. You can share the story too. Just link back here. Thank you.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-01-05
Some stories are told from a person's photos. This may cause some level of controversy, but a possible stand-alone story of a picture can even be done through a different medium, through someone else's eyes. Do not be mistrusting of its simple and 'everyone-can-do-this-self-shot-nonsense' shot, but rather, read into the picture, it's truth and the story behind it. If this was someone you knew and loved and the camera you left in his hands showed you this, a picture, one picture, that was created as the only last lasting memory of his life, would you not begin to think?
An old man's last stand by ~kalizoomba

[Photojournalism / Documentary & Editorial]
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fapmesta Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  New Deviant
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Aliensvoid Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow... i..
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Vrekandis Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
Oh jesus. 

Oh jesus.

Oh jesus.

Oh jesus.
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Camerartus Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Lovely
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TheLordErerlye Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I am tearing up now. The story is beautiful. I give you me deepest sympathy, even if I am quite late. I'm really sorry for your loss.
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NKOSI-Publishing Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Artist
This is so powerful.
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hetaliais Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Writer
I know what it's like to lose someone important, I lost my brother last year in august, he was 22, my mum was with him in his last moments in hospital, he hadn't been able to talk since he was five, he couldn't walk when he was 21, the things that brought his biggest smiles were his family and music, along with his beads, I know he's still there because I hear his footsteps, sometimes, when I'm in his room a gust of wind will make a box of his beads move, making a sound, letting me know he's still there, I'm sure that your grandpa will also leave signs of his presence, I'm really sorry for your loss
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Alamaris Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
This is so touching!
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LilBluestem Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Dude. I'm crying. I don't know what else to say, except that art touches people somewhere secret, and this touches people. It touches me. Thanks for sharing your dad's art.
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AzeilaRose Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm in tears. This is so touching. :heart:
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TraumaticCandy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my god. This literally made me cry.
This is so beautiful. I love my dad SO much, so I can only imagine how losing yours must have felt.
Hope you are doing well! :heart: :hug:
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Glenfan1028 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
poor guy... sorry for ur loss thats a nice picture it speaks alot
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kmorgan222 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
oh my
this, the photo, the story, is breath taking
there are no words
thank you for sharing
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eris-11 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Writer
I almost cried. This is beautiful, and makes me want to run home and hug my father.
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ymiri Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
This is a great pic, it made me cry... i'm so sorry for your loss. i'm gonna go call my father right now n tell him how much i love him
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cravingotters Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
To me this is still one of the most moving pieces here on Deviantart. It's utterly beautiful and terribly heart-wrenching at the same time. My biggest sympathies for your loss.
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stephie-cakes Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
my father passed away 9 days ago. this picture made me cry when you first posted it... and now i'm inconsolable.. </3
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Tifa22 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So lovely :aww:
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David-Davidson Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Wow. Well done.
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ihni Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
This made me cry. It's beautiful in that way.
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Espada1993 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't even begin to describe how touching this is!! :heart:
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lauresaurous Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011

Wow.

That is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

No, I lied. It is the single most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

That, right there, is love. I'm so sorry for your loss.


Thanks for sharing, love.
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FeralMuse Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so sweet so sad... I think this is the first piece of work on DA that I've teared up and became emotional over... thanks for sharing...
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kalizoomba Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
thank you
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jasonwave Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love
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FroggyTheSuperhero Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
This made me cry, and remember my own grandfather.

He died with lung problems and multiple spine fractions. The hardest thing about watching somebody pass on, whether its through years or months, is that you know that there scared and in pain.

But when they pass, you feel a guilty sense of relief because you know there not suffering anymore and there free from pain.

You are so fortunate to have this picture and its evident its treasured by your family.

Thank you for sharing your story.
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Sjemenka Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
so sad. and really beautiful.
:(
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Hanachino-Hime Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
There's only 3 deviations that had made me cry here on deviantart, and this is one of them. It's really amazing. I'm so moved and can't stop the tears.

Beautiful. ;______; :heart:
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kalizoomba Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
thank you.
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Leechi-diamond Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very cuteee =)
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hersley Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I love this shot. :+fav:
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! Your photo has been featured in this news article [link] You can :+fav: the article if you like it, and I hope the feature is worth your dad! :heart:
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kalizoomba Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
thanks.
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Megeso Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
This has got to be the most loving, heart breaking, and amazing photo I have ever seen. It strikes a chord in me that makes me think of my family. I think this is a treasure in of it itself.

He loves you very much. I don't think he'd ever want you to forget that.
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kalizoomba Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
thanks
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addchoco Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's amazing how such a simple photograph and can touch your heart in some of the deepest ways. Still kind of makes my tummy turn a little when I look at it :)
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AliWithAnEye Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Photographer
I started to cry when I saw this. I lost my father 2 years ago, and this photograph touches me deeply.
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kalizoomba Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad you enjoyed this photo though.
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AliWithAnEye Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you.
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FightTheAssimilation Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this made me cry very much
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kalizoomba Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
*hug*
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Elrhiarhodan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Student General Artist
I agree with RakkiKoi:
Powerful.

I'm in awe of this man's strength and love and grateful to you for sharing it.
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kalizoomba Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
thank you
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NigNag Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Very touching
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Aseamlessbonds Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Student General Artist
:iconpurpleheartplz::hug:
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Vootoo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very powerful. My last photo of my girlfriend before she died in a car accident in December last year was very much like this. I look at it every day.
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AquaZephr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
........ T^T
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wheeedapoot Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Omg. I'm trying very hard not to cry buckets after reading the story and looking at the photo.
You have a very sweet dad.
I'm sure he lives on in all your hearts.
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RakkiKoi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   Photographer
this is so powerful.
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kalizoomba Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
thank you
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